Fighting for a safer, fairer road transport industry!

Being a truckie is Australia’s most dangerous job. For over 20 years TWU members have been fighting for safe, fair rates for truck drivers and safer roads for all Australians.

Safe Rates guarantees that every truckie on our roads is behind the wheel of a well-maintained vehicle, won’t have to risk falling asleep on the job just to make a living and isn’t trying to meet an impossible deadline.

What do we want?

For every truck driver – from employee to subbie - to have rates and conditions of work that ensure they’re paid for every hour, every kilometre and every cost.

What are we doing?

Our Campaign for Safe Rates has continued over more than 20 years.

By combining workplace organising with community, political and industrial action, we’ve has some big wins including:
  • Establishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal – a dedicated forum for the road transport industry
  • Strong National TWU agreements with major transport companies like Toll and Linfox

Find out more about the latest in our Safe Rates campaign.

How can you get involved?

There are a few ways you can get involved in our fight for a safer and fairer road transport industry:

And don’t forget to sign-up for campaign updates!

  • Police Blitz Shows Serious Problems In Trucking While Federal Government Fails

    June 02

    TWU SA/NT MEDIA RELEASE, 2 June 2016

    A police blitz which found 600 defective trucks has highlighted the crisis in trucking and the Federal Government’s failings after it abolished a road safety tribunal which was addressing the problems.

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  • Baiada Chicken Factory Raids Reinforce Systemic Problems In Transport Industry

    June 02

    TWU NSW MEDIA RELEASE, 2 June 2016
    Transport Workers Union NSW Acting Secretary Richard Olsen is urgently calling on the Federal Government to find a solution to the crisis in the trucking industry before another fatality occurs on Australian roads.

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  • Malcolm Turnbull Exposed

    June 01

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  • Truckies Tell Us What It's Like Driving In Victoria

    June 01

    Herald Sun, by Patrick Carlyon, 28 May 2016
    The melbourne skyline is lost to the hazy grey of the early winter. Visibility amounts to the blur and smudge of tail-lights ahead.

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  • Turnbull Lies On Truckie Issue During Debate

    June 01

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 30 May 2016
    Malcolm Turnbull has lied during a live debate with Bill Shorten saying “50,000 owner drivers went out of business” because of a Safe Rates Order which was in operation for just two weeks.

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